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In brave pursuit of honourable deed,

And him behind a wicked hag did ftalke, There is I know not what great difference In ragged robes and filthy disaray, Betweene the vulgar and the noble feed,

Her other leg was lame, that she no'te walke, Which upto things of valorous pretence

But on a staffe her feeble steps did Itay : Seemes to be borne by native influence,

Her lockes, that loathiy were and hoarie gray, As feates of armes, and love to entertain ; Grew all afore, and loolly hong unrold; But chiefly skill to ride seemes a science

But all behind was bald, and worne away, Proper to gentle blood : some others faine That none thereof could ever taken hold; To menage steeds, as did this vaunter ; but in And eke her face ill-favour'd, full of wrinckles old.

And ever as she went, her toung did walke But he, the rightfull owner of that steede, In fowle reproch and termes of vile despight, Who well could menage and subdew his pride, Provoking him, by her outrageous talke, The whiles on foot was forced for to yoed Tohcape more vengeaunce on that wretched wight: With that blacke palmer, his moft trusty guide, Sometimes she raught him ftoncs, wherewith to Who suffred nor his wandring feete to side ;

smite; But when strong paffion or weake fleshlinesse Sometimes her staffe, though it her one leg were, Would from the right way seeke to draw him withouten which she could not goe upright; wide,

Ne any evil meanes she did forbcare He would through temperaunce and stedfastnesse That night him move to wrath, and indignation Teach him the weak to strengthen, and the frong fuppresse.

The noble Guyon, mov'd with great remorse, It fortuned, forth faring on his way,

Approching, first thc hag did thrust away, He saw from far, or set med for to see,

And after adding more impetuous forse, Some troublous uprore or contentious fray, His mighty hands did on the madman lay, Whereto he drew in haft it to agree.

And pluckt lüm backe; who all on fire, ftreightA mad man, or that feigned mad to bee,

way Drew by the heare along upon the grownd Against him turning all his fell intent, A handiom (tripling with great crueltce, With beally brurith rage gan him asiay, Whom fore he bett, and gor'd with manya wownd, And {mote, and bitt, and kickt, and scratcht, and That checkes with teares, and fydes with blood, rent, did all abownd.

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And catching hold of her ungratious tong, And fure he was a man of mickle might, Thereon an yron lock did falten firme and strong. Had he had governaunce it well :0 guide ; But when the frantick fite inflamd his spright, Then whenas use of speach was from her reft, His force was vaine, and strooke more often wyde, With her two crooked handes the fignes did make, Then at the aymed marke which he had eyde : And beckned him; the last help she had left : And oft himselfe he' chaunst to hurt unwares, But he that last left helpe away did take, Whyleft reason, blent through passion, nought And both her handes fait bound unto a stake, descryde;

That she no’te ftir. Then gan her soone to flye But, as a blindfold bull, at random fares,

Full fast away, and did her quite forsake; And where he hits nought knowes, and whom he Bat Guyon after him in hast did hye, hurts nought cares.

And soone him overtooke in sad perplexitye.

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And being downe, the villein fore did beate With hundred yron chaines he did him bind,
And bruze with clownish fifts his manly face; And hundred knots, that did him sore constraine;
And eke the hag, with many a bitter threat, Yet his great yron teeth he still did grind
Still cald up in to kill him in the place :

And grimly gnash, threatning revenge in vaine : With whose reproch and odious menace

His burning eyen, whom bloody Atrakes did The knight emboyling in his haughtie hart,

Itraine, Knitt all his forces, and gan soone urbrace Stared full wide, and threw forth sparkes of fyre ; His grasping hold; so lightly did upstart,

And more for ranck despight, then for great paine, And drew his deadly weapon to maintaine his Shakt his long locks, colourd like copper-wyre, part.

And bitt his tawny beard to fhew his raging yre. Which when the palmter faw, he loudly cryde, Thus whenas Guyon Furor had captiv'd, “ Not 10, O Guyon! never thinke that so

Turning about he saw that wretched [quyre, “ That monster can be maistred or destroyd : Whom that mad man of life nigh late deprivd, “ He is not, ah . he is not such a foe

Lying on ground, all soild with blood and myre; " As steele can wound, or strength can overthrow. Whom whenas he perceivd to reipyre, “ That same is Furor, cursed cruel wight,

He gan to comfort, and his woundes to dresse: “ That unto knighthood workes much shame and Being at lait recured, he gan inquyre

What hard mishap him brought to such distresse, " And that fame hag, his aged mother, hight And made that caytive's thrall, thc thrall of wretch“ Occation, the roote of all wrath and delpight;

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6 Oc faultie thoughts contynewd, as was fitt, “ Her oft to meete; which better to approve, « And for my part, I vow, dissembled not a whitt. " He promised to bring me at that howre,

“ When I should see that would me nearer move, * li' was my fortune (commune to that age) “ And drive me to withdraw my blind abufed * To love a lady fayre of great degree, « The which was borne of noble parentage, " And fer in highest seat of dignitee,

“ This graceleffe man, for furtherance of his guile, & Vet feemed no lesse to love then lood to bec: “ Did court the handmayd of my lady deare, “ Long I her serv'd, and found her faithfui ftill, “ Who, glad t'embosome his affe&ion vile, " Ne ever thing could cause us disagree :

“ Did all the might more pleasing to appeare. "Love that two harts makes one, makes eke one “ One day to worke her to his will more peare,

“ He woo'd her thus; Pryne (so the hight) a Each frove to please, and others pleasure to “What great despight doth Fortune to thee beare, « fulfill.

« Thus lowly to abafe thy beautie bright,

“ That it should not deface all others leser light ?" € My friend, hight Philemon, I did partake “Of all my love and all my privitie,

“ But if she had her leaft hclpe to thee lent, " Who greatly inyous seemed for my fake, “ T'adorne thy forme according thy desart, * And gratious to that lady, as to mee;

“ Their blazing pride thou wouldest foone have * Ne ever wight that mate so welcome bee

blent, " As he to her, withouten blott or blame; " And staynd their prayses with thy least good “ Ne ever thing that the could think or see,

“ part; “ But unio him she would impart the same : “ Ne mould faire Claribell with all her art, "O wretched nan, that would abuse so gentle “ Tho the thy lady be, approch thee neare ; “ dame!

“ For proofe thereof this evening, as thou art,

“ Aray ebyselfe in her most gorgeous geare, " At last such grace I found, and meaves I wrought, “ That I may more delight in thy embracement « That I that lady to my spouse had wonne ;

« deare. " Accord of friendes, consent of parents sought, " Affyaunce made, my happinesse begonne, “ The mayden, proud through praise, and mad “ There wanted nought but few rites to be donne, “ through love, “Which mariage make; that day too farre did “ Him hearkned to, and foone herselfe arayd; “ seeme:

“ The whiles to me the trcachour did remove “ Most ioyous man, on whom the thining funne “ His craftie engin, and, as he had sayd, " Did shew his face, myselfe I did esteeme, “Me leading, in a secret corner layd, 1 " And that my falser friend did no less ioyous “ 'The sad spectatour of my tragedie : decme.

“ Where left, he went, and his owne false part " But ere that wished day his beanie disclold, “ Disguised like that groome of base degree, " He either envying my toward good,

“ Whom he had seignd th' abuser of my love to * Or of himselfe to treason ill diipofd, * One day unto me came in friendly mood,

XXVIII, * And tok for secret how he understood

Eftoones he came unto th' appointed pluce, * Tha: lady, whom I had to me asfynd,

And with him brought Pryene, rich arayd • Had both distaind her honourable blood, “ In Claribellaes clothes : her proper face * And cke the faith which she to me did bynd, "I not discerned in that darkesome shade, * And therefore wilht me stay, till I more truth “ But weend it was my love with whom he playd. “ thouldfynd.

“ Ab God! what horrour and tormenting griefe

“ My hart, my handes, mine eies, and all allay'd!" « The gnawing anguilh and sharp gelofy,

“ Me liefer were ten thousand deathes priefe, Which bis fad (peach infixed in my brest, “ Then wounde of gealous worme, and shame of * Rankled fo fore, and feltred inwardly,

" Juch repricfe. « That my engreeved mind could find no rest, * Till that the truth thereof I did out-wrest, "1 home retourning, fraught with fowle, de* ind him bclought, by that same sacred band

"spight, "Betwixt us both, to counsell me the best : “ And chawing vengeance all the way I went, * He then with solemne oath and plighted hand Soone as my loathed love appears in sight, * Aferd ere long the truth to let me understand. “ With wrathfull hand I flew her innocent;

“ That after soonc I dearely did lament : “ Ere long with like againe hc boorded mee, “ For when the cause of that outrageous deede * Saying he now had boulted all the florire, “ Demaunded, I made plaine and evident, * And that it was a groome of base degree, “ Her taultie handmayd, with that bale did breede, " Which of my love was partner paramoure,

“ Confeft how Philemon her wrought to chaunge * Who üfcd in a darkesome inper bowre.

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“ The fire of sparkes, the weede of little feede, " Which when I heard, with horrible affright “ The flood of drops, the monfter Filth did * nd hellish fury all enrag'd, I fought

« breede : “ Upon myselfe that vengeable despight

“ But sparks, seed, drops, and filth, do thus delay : " To punish; yet it better first I thought “ The sparks soon quench, the springing feed oute " To wreake my wrath on him, that first it

" weed, wrought :

“ The drops dry up, and filth wipe cleane away; " To Philemon, false faytour Philemon,

“ So shall wrath, gealosy, griete, love, die, and de"I cast to pay that I fo dearely bought :

“ cay” Of deadly drugs I gave him drinke anon,

XXXVI. “ And waht away his guilt with guilty potion. Unlucky Squire,” faide Guyon, “ fith thou haft

“ Falre into mischiefe through intemperaunce, 5Thus heaping crime on crime, and griefe on “ Henceforth take heede of that thou now haft griefe,

past, * To loffe of love adioyning loffe of frend, “ And guyde thy waies with warie governaunce, “ I meant to purge both with a third mischiefe, “ Leait worst beide thee by some later chauace. “ And in my woes beginner it to end :

“ But read how art thou nam'd, and of what kin." “ That was Pryene; she did first offend,

" Phaon I hight," quoth he, “ and do advaunce " She last fhould smart: with which cruell intent, Mine auncestry from famous Coradin, (gin." “ When I at her my murdrous blade did bend, “ Who first to rayfe our house to honour did be« She fled away with ghaftly dreriment,

XXXVII. “ And I poursewing my fell purpose, after went. Thus as he spake, lo far away they spyde

A varlet ronning towardes hastily, " Fears gave her winges, and rage enforft my Whofe flying feet so faft their way applyde, “ fight :

That round about a cloud of dust did fly, * Through woods and plaines so long I did her Which mingled all with sweate did dim his eye. schace,

He soone approched, panting, breathlesse, whot, “ Till this mad man (whom your victorious might | And all so soyld, that none could him descry; “ Hath now fait bound) me met in middle space : His countenaunce was bold, and bashed not "As I her, fo he nie poursewd apace,

For Guyon's lookes, but (cornefull ey-glaunce at “ And shortly overtooke : 1 breathing yre,

him shot. “ Sore chauffed at my stay in luch a cace,

XXXVIII. “ And with my heat kindled his cruell fyre, Behind his backe he bore a brasen fhield, " Which kindied once, his mother did more rage On which was drawn faire, in colours fit, “ infpyre.

A flaming fire in midst of bloody field,

and round about the wreath this word was writ, “ Betwixt-them borh they have me doen to dye, Burnt i doc burne. Right well beseemed it' “ Through wourds, and strokes, and stubborne To be the shield of some redoubted knight; * handeling,

And in his hand two dartes exceeding flit * That dash were better then such agony, And deadly sharp he held, whose heads were dight " As griefe and fury unto me did bring;

In poylon and in blood of Malice and Despight. * Of which in me yet stickes the mortall fing, “ 'That moring life will never be appeafu.” When hc in prefence came, to Guyon-first When he thus er.ded bad his sorrowing,

He boldly Ipake; “ Sir Knight, if knight thou bee, risid Guyon, “ Squyre, fore have ye been diseasa, “ Abandon this forestalled place at erft, “ But all your hurt may foone through temper- " For feare of further harme, I counsell thec, ance be casa."

“ Or bide the chaunce at thine own iopardee.” XXXIV...

The knight at his great boldneffe wondered; Then gan the palmer thus, “ Most wretched man, And though he scorn'd his ydle vanitee, « That io affections does the bridle lend;

Yet mildly him to purpose answered, “; In their begiraning they are weake ard wan, For not to grow of nought he it coniectured. " But soone through suit'ranee growe to fearfull

rend; “ Varlet ! this place most dew to me I deeme, ". Whik's they are weake, hatimes with them con- " Yielded by him that held it forcibly; “ For when they once to perfid Arungth doe “ But whence ficld come that harme, which thou

“ doit seeme « Strong warres they make, and cruell baetry bend " To threat to him that mindes his chaurce “ Gainst fort of reason, it to overthrow :

t'abve?" “ Writi, gelofy, gricle, love, this lquyre have " Perdy,” say'd he, “ here comes, and is hard by laid thus low.

“ A knight of wondrous powre and great assay,

“ That never yet encountred enemy « Wrath, gealofie, griefe, kve, dlo ehus expell; “ But did him deadly daunt, or fowle dismay; " Wrath is a fire, ard gealofie a wecde;

“ Ne thou for better hope, if thou his presence if Griefe is a flood, and love a moniler fell;

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ILI. " How hight he," then said Guyon," and from “ Madman,” said then the palmer, " that does

« seeke « whence?" • Pyrochles is his name, renowmed farre

« Occasion to wrath, and cause of strife ; For his bold feates and hardy confidence, " Shee comes unsought, and fhonned followes eke. « Full oft approvd in many a cruell warre, Happy, who can abstaine, when rancor rife “ The brother of Cymochles, both which arre “ Kindles revenge, and threats his rusty knife : # The fonnes of old Acrates and Despight;

“ Woe never wants where every cause is caught, “ Acrates fonine of Phlegeton and larre;

“ And rath Occasion makes unquiet life.” “ But Phlegeton is fonne of Hetebus and Night;

" Then loe wher bound the fits, whom thou hast " But Herebus fopne of Aeternitie is hight.


Said Guyon, “ let that message to thy lord be * So froin immortall race he does proceede,

“ brought." * That mortall hands may not withstand his “ might,

That when the varlett heard and saw, streightway * Drad for his derring doe and bloody deed; He wexed wondrous wroth, and said, “ Vile * For all in blood and spoile is his delight.

Knight, * His am I, Atin, his in wrong and right,

“ That knights and knighthood doest with shame * That matter make for him to worke upon,

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[might, " And ftirre him up to strife and cruell fight,

“ And Thewst th' ensample of thy childishe * Fly, therefore, fly this fearfull ftead anon,

“ With silly weake old women thus to fight : « Leaft thy fool-hardize workc thy fad confu- “ Great glory and gay spoile sure hast thou gott, * fion."

• And stoutly prov'd thy puissaunce here in light;

« That shall Pyrochles well requite, I wott, “ His be thy care, whom most it doth concerne," " And with thy bloud abolish so reprochfull blott."Sayd he : “ but whether with such hafty flight

XLVI. “ Art thou now bowad? for well mote i dif

With that one of his thrillant darts he threw,

Headed with yre and vengcable despight; “ Great cause, that carries thee so swift and light." The quivering fteele his aymed end well knew, My lord,” quoth he, “ me sent, and streight And to his breft itselfe intended right ; behight

But he was wary, and ere it empight ** To seeke Occasion, whereso fe bee;

In the meant syarke, advaunst his thield atween; * For he is all disposd to bloody fight, :

On which it seizing, no way enter might, " And breathes out wrath and hainous crueltee : But backe rebownding left the forckhead keene; " Hard is his hap that first falls in his iopat. Eftsoones he fled away, and might no where bc u dec."


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